Marouane Fellaini’s injury situation continues to grow mysterious.
Sources have told ESPN FC that the medical staff of Man United is finding it hard to ascertain the cause of the midfielder’s knee injury. This has led to Jose Mourinho also not being clear on when the Belgian international would return to action.
Fellaini complained of strained knee ligaments after the World Cup qualifier against Bosnia on October 7.
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Thereafter, he missed six games on the trot, after which he played four consecutive games, including the full 90 minutes at St. Jakob-Park, where United lost their Champions League match to Basel 1-0.
After the November 22 clash against Basel, Fellaini made a appearance as he came on as a late substitute against Brighton and Hove Albion on November 25. Since then, the former Everton midfielder has not been available for selection.
Mourinho expected him to be fit for the derby against City, but he was ruled out 24 hours prior to kick-off, after complaining of pain in the final training session.
The injury coincides with speculation growing over Fellaini’s future at Old Trafford. The Belgian’s contract expires at the end of the current season, which allows him to negotiate a contract with an overseas club come January 1.
United, however, are not keen to sell the midfielder in January, which could mean they might have to sell him for free in the summer.
The Belgium international has already turned down a new deal with the Red Devils in September, and is believed to be linked to clubs from Italy, Turkey, and China.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Fellaini is looking forward to a longer and better deal at Old Trafford than the one that was offered to him. It remains to be seen whether Mourinho is able to retain the midfielder in the days to come.
Written by Sourish Saha
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